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Big D Daily: News for Friday, November 17, 2017

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Caleb Porter is out in Portland.

MLS: Portland Timbers at FC Dallas Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The end of the week is here as we get closer to the playoffs returning to our TV screens.

// FC Dallas //

Maynor Figueroa retires from international competition - Big D Soccer
Figueroa and Honduras failed to make the World Cup and now he is hanging up his boots on the international front.

Inspirational Group of Soccer Players Trains with FC Dallas in Frisco Thursday | FC Dallas
FCD had some special guests in training yesterday.

// MLS //

Rose City shock: Caleb Porter out as Portland Timbers head coach | FourFourTwo
I heard rumblings at the beginning of the year that this could be possible but I wrote it off. Looks like it turned out to be true in the end.

BREAKING: Timbers and Caleb Porter Part Ways - Stumptown Footy
Was it a power struggle or something else? We'll know soon enough but this is certainly a big breaking news item to talk through before the playoffs resume.

Stejskal: Altidore and Giovinco bans hurt, but TFC still favorites vs. Crew | MLSsoccer.com
Toronto just needs a good result in Columbus to help their chances at advancing.

Clint Dempsey wins MLS Comeback Player of the Year - Sounder At Heart
Dempsey dominated the media portion of the vote to edge out Federico Higuain.

Best of MLS: The Top 10 Acquisitions of 2017 | MLSsoccer.com
If you think a FCD pick-up will be on this list...then you are sorely mistaken.

Howard Webb: I would want VAR as a World Cup referee | Goal.com
VAR still has a long, long way to go before I want to see it in a World Cup.

Upheaval a reminder that grassroots soccer grows on shifting sands in the U.S. | FourFourTwo
For all the bullish talk of American soccer's growth, recent events have a depressingly familiar feel to them.

North Carolina FC completes move from NASL to USL - ESPN FC
North Carolina FC completed its long-awaited move to the United Soccer League on Thursday.